Nearly 80 percent of the votes in the uMngeni Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal have been counted and the results thus far are quite interesting. The Democratic Alliance (DA) is romping to victory and the party looks set to assume control of its first municipality in the province.
DA IN CONTROL OF uMNGENI
According to the IEC Local Government Election dashboard, 78 percent of the votes in the uMngeni municipality have been counted, as of 14:42 on Tuesday. The party is on course to win an outright majority and control the council.
The DA is streaking ahead with 26 156 votes, which translates to 61,9 percent of the support in that area.
The African National Congress is in second place with 12 870 votes (30,46%) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) with 1958 votes (4,63%).
The uMngeni municipality is in Howick near the provincial capital Pietermaritzburg. The DA party leader in the province Francois Rodgers said the party is delighted with the results thus far and said it was indicative of the progress the party is making in the wider province.
“We’re absolutely delighted, we said, and I made it quite clear, that on the 2nd November we would wake up and we would govern our first municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, that’s still our target. Obviously, I don’t want to jump the gun, but the indicators are there that we’ve done extremely well,” said Rodgers to IOL.